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Christian Binford

Born: 12/20/1992 (Age: 21)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 6" Weight: 217
Mechanics
Tall; athletic; lower-half is thick but muscular; able to establish good drive off legs; can become too stiff on delivery; arm action is long; high 3/4th; falls off to first base often; some mild exertion in delivery; mechanics can become flustered; arm slot and release points will vary throughout game.
Evaluator Tucker Blair
Report Date 05/31/2014
Affiliate Wilmington Blue Rocks (High A, Royals)
Dates Seen 5/30/2014
OFP 55
Realistic 50; Middle Reliever
Video No
Pitch Type Present Grade Future Grade Sitting Velocity Peak Velocity Report
FB 50 55 88-92 93 Good plane; arm-side run; explosive at times; command was sporadic; plus for some of the outing and then was leaving pitch up in zone; pitch will flatten out at 92-93. Shows ability to pound inside to both left and right handed hitters.
SL 50 55 79-81 83 Good tilt; sharp enough break to get swing and misses; was dominant against righties; struggled against lefties and had to end up going with the CH due to inefficiency; sharp bite on good ones; will cast at times; slowed down his arm on one SL.
CH 40 50 79-83 85 Firm for most of the night; lacks pure depth; threw a few in 79-81 range that were average; fade is not enough against righties and they pick it up; release point was all over; telegraphed a few.
Overall

This was my second time laying eyes on Binford this season. He has a solid-average arsenal, but I lean towards him being a future reliever due to the CH needing serious improvement. The FB/SL combo works, as he is able to arm-side run the FB away and then throw the SL front door on lefties. Binford was pitching in front of his hometown crowd in Frederick (he is from Hagerstown, which is 25 minutes north), so it looked like he was amped up and was pressing at times.

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